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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003)
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Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elysian- BiFrost

A- A hazy cloudy orange with a thick chunky head. Big chunky lacing.
S- Toasted grains, pine hops, and alcohol.
T- Big pine hops immediately hit you with a big bite of alcohol. Sweet dried fruits (apricot and fig)slightly poke through but are overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M- Slight pine hop bitterness becomes lighter and sweeter. Alcohol again is very present and is a bit hot and vaporous.

Overall- Not horrible but just didn't dig this 1. I couldn't detect any r eal flavors because ofthe boozy alcohol. I really wanted to like this 1. Give it a shot, my taste buds are strange!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 22:35:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice Winter Warmer. it pours up a murky copper color with a white head. the nose was very bready and there was something else that I couldn't put my finger on. the taste is subtle hops, bready, subtle malts, earthy, full bodied...nice

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 16:49:47 | More by stumac
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade from travisd13. Thanks Travis!

Reviewed by Wisemen Pete and Nick.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber (Pete says dried peach) with sticky white cap. Pete's glass has better head retention than mine. Lots of carbonation within. Nice looking lacing, especially in Pete's glass - DAMN! P: 4.0; N: 4.0

Smell: Bready yeast, dried fruit (specifically peach, apricot, apple), figs, raisins, holiday spices, and mild hops. P: 3.5; N: 3.5

Taste: Figs, yeast, and hops are noted first by both of us. Fruity esters abound. Green apple, caramel/molasses apparent as well. Finishes bitter, dry, and yeasty. Alcohol is poorly masked. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Mouthfeel: A pretty heavy body with medium-heavy carbonation. Really chewy and viscous. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Drinkability: This is a definite sipper, in terms of body and flavor. I wasn't a big fan, and neither was Pete. P: 3.0; N: 2.5

Peter: B- (3.30)
Nick: B- (3.50)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 09:01:51 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this bomber up at Foodery in Philly.

Poured chilled into my snifter
A - A peachy amber w/ hazy clarity and 2.5 fingers of pillowy off white head . The winter ale throws up a smattering of lace

S - A nice bready, yeasty ale aroma w/ a hint of twiggy hop scents and subtle biscuity nose.

M the overall feel is very creamy w/ a lingering bitterness and gentle malt spiciness

T - a generous taste of grainy malt which has a dry granola huskiness and the is flavor presents a nice piney hop note. The flavor which is only mildly bitter, backing up the biscuit malt note and keeps the flavor + spiciness in balance. There is a subtle creamy and toasted flavor w/ a hint of alcohol when taken in large gulps w/ a subtle pear-like fruit and hints of citrus from the hops. The finish is slightly astringent, but the flavor is very smooth.

D - A tasty ale , but it kind of lost my interest - a bomber is good, but not a stand out among some very good beers in Elysian's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 17:34:38 | More by Slatetank
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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of off white head and decent lacing.

Scent of malts, citrus, and some peppermint. Not bad, but can't hold up to the better Winter Warmers.

Taste of biscuity malts, citrus and spices. Not really a noteworthy beer, pretty plain is all aspects.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, but just kind of bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:43:06 | More by paco1029384756
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent, healthy copper color with a hint of precipitate fogging the ale. White 1-finger head, decent lacing.

Aroma is of piney, spicy hops with a bit of malt underneath. Taste is hoppy and spicy on the tongue, with citrus and pine dominating the caramel sweetness of the malt. Well balanced, with a hint of light, bready yeast and autumn spices.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly rich and creamy, with ample carbonation and a spicy finish. A very drinkable winter warmer, though it is lacking in depth and could be a bit darker for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 20:02:18 | More by kosmoraios
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gingerman in NYC...
Dark, auburn hue... Minimal head, minor lacing, slight carbonation evident...
Sweet, enticing malt-loaded smell... Nuances of honey, roasted grains noticeable on the tongue... Candied sugars, thick malts, cinnamon,cloves...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel...
Delicious stuff...

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 15:40:54 | More by dsa7783
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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow glad I checked this one out

it pours a great off yellow orangey color with a long froathy whitesh head that def hangs out a bit

it smells like hops and a few other spicy

it tastes really refreshing, hard to taste the extra alcohol, but I like it

havent had to many winter warmers, just kinda dipping my feel into some darker/ winterier beers and I like this one, it kinda reminds me of Bells winter white, just with more hops and with its own personality

check it out, I have been hearing alot about
Elysian, Im glad I finally tryed them

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 08:40:15 | More by gdfan47
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Spruce Street Market in Philly, pours golden amber with a frothy white head, mild hop aroma with a slightly sweet cereal note as well, taste is hoppy up front, sweet, with a malty and slightly dry finish, good mouthfeel - not too heavy, not too light, well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 03:41:38 | More by bpelowski
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2008 version pours a crisp combination of gold and pale orange. The head is a massive mound of snowy fluff. Being from the South I never saw snow but I'd like to pick the head out of the glass and throw it at somebody. Amazing retention. Lacing curtains around the glass like a blizzard of frosting froth.

S: Nose is subtle and reminded me of freshly baked banana nut bread. A dried and toasty ginger smell. Slightly spiced orange peels towards the back.

T: As fully expected the taste has recognizable citrus and pine hops. Coupled with a bready and malty flavor in the back. Sweet toffee candy like flavoring that helps create a sweet finish. A balance of caramel, orange, and spiced sweet flavors. No hints of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body with great carbonation. I thought the mouth feel was surprisingly robust.

D: Very unique and very drinkable. I expected something different but Elysian has put a cool spin on the Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:41:01 | More by erikm25
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours lighter amber, with an orange glow, off white tiny bubble head, long lasting, frothy and then leaving real nice fine lace and plenty of fine sheeting. Muted bready nose. This one looks and drinks more like an American Pale then a WW. Creamy and pleasing on the tongue. Hops come through loud and clear. Grainy and citric and then smooth and mellow in the finish. Real nice moderately hoppy sessioner. A pleasant seasonal new comer to the Elysian line. Well worth a try

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 22:22:12 | More by Billolick
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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully thick creamy head and never quits. Aroma is yeasty with a nose full of malts. Taste is very creamy and a very nice bite of the Golding hops. Almost like a cream ale but oh so much better. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Highly recommended. Reviewed the 2008 version.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 23:59:26 | More by jkdrummer
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly clouded with a tint of orange. Poured a two finger slightly off-white head that dissipated slowly. Moderate, thin lacing.

A: Biting citrusy and resin. Malt sweetness and lightly roasted nuts in the backgroiund.

T: Big bready malts. Surprisingly light hop bitterness that linger in the finish.

M: Medium balance and nice balance. The lingering bitterness was very pleasant and moderate carbonation ws cleasning

D: Nice complexity in an easy-drinking beer. I could sit down with a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:04:36 | More by Haybeerman
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty/hoppy, nice tones of citrus/pines, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, nice blend of malts/hops, the citrus/pines are a nice touch, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:45:21 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Vancer


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured a semi-hazy amber with tinges of copper, topped off by a frothy white head in my Bitburger pilsner glass - which was brought back from my son on a <educational> trip to Amsterdam

Sweet caramel malt in the aroma, balanced out with a hoppy pop of pine and citrus. Ditto in the taste, very reminiscent of a west coast IPA, then it finishes with a caramel Barleywine sweetness.

Very different winter warmer, but the 7+ % alcohol will light a fire, although very sneakily. Give one a try when next years batch comes out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:31:46 | More by Vancer
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden honeyed body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, honey candy, flowers, and herb chiffonade.

Taste: Toffee flavored maltiness with a brief candied sweetness. Full floral hoppiness with a nice bitter hit. Crisp fried herbs and light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid beer. Something a little different for a winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 20:12:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a relatively thin head but some decent lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, grain, and a bit of light spice as well as some yeasty esters with a bit of pear and apple in them. Taste is somewhat sweet to start, but becomes more savory with grain, breadiness, some bitter, and almost a meatiness like roast pork. Somewhat slick mouthfeel, and a litttle viscous as well. I don't love this beer, but its fairly interesting and pretty pleasant even if the flavors develop a litle strangely.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 23:34:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Been dying to try this brewery's offerings:

Pours an effervescent bronze/amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head, plus slight hazing. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Breadyness, honey & citric, plus herbal hops

T: Huge cakeyness, lemony & herbal hops, vanilla, & honey up front. Grapefruit, piney & lemon hops continue as this warms, along with honey, & toffee. finishes dry, with leafy, herbal & grapefruitty hops, caramel, a bit of brown sugar, & warming booze; great taste!

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, some serious hoppyness that works, superior balance

Drinks a bit slow, due to complexity, but this is one damn fine winter warmer or DIPA! I'll certainly check out other brews from Elysian!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 06:29:17 | More by russpowell
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4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent winter brew, not too bitter or strong, but so so so tasty, this is yet another exclamation point of a great beer for this fine micro brewery out of seattle, this place continues to produce some of the best beer in the northwest and this big guy is awesome, I had this beer in a 22 ounce bottle and cried when it was gone, I want more!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:08:32 | More by Hollenbeck2
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BiFrost is a cloudy light orange. The bottle comes in a plain label with no freshness date. I am a big fan of Jubelale and this is a nice alternative. The BiFrost leaves a nice sudsy lacing after math on the side of the glass. The smell is of mellow malt and pine. In the taste I get the pineness and cinnamon and cloves. It leaves a nice bitter malt that is a little chewy going down. It is a good winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 01:42:20 | More by cswhitehorse
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I stopped at the Elysian on a business trip. Ordered a Bitfrost from the menu, served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color and is clear. A smallish off-white head fades quickly.

The smell is sweet and piney. A lot of hop aroma with a little sweet malt.

The taste is hoppy and sweet 'n sour. There are some candy caramel flavor and some bourbon like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little buttery and cloying for the thin appearance. There is some alcohol heat.

Not a real drinkable beer. The bourbon flavors are a bit strong, and the ABV makes is less than sessionable. I had one, and I'll pass this one up again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 05:21:38 | More by RJLarse
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the BiFrost is a bright clear, orangish amber color with a thick, white head, leaving behind a sticky, beautifully patterned lace. The aroma is bright and fruity, mainly peach and some citrus, with some piny hops, sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is malty but not too thick, with caramel and sweet fruit esters, a very bitter hop finish and a lot more alcohol bite than is necessary for the 7.5% ABV. Like the taste, the mouthfeel is nicely balanced and quite pleasant, helping the BiFrost goes down quite nicely, but the overly bitter aftertaste prevents this warmer from being all that drinkable right now. I have another bottle in the cellar, so I'm curious to see how it matures over the next year, but I doubt I've have trouble holding out that long...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 03:30:09 | More by ccrida
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4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to skyhand for this special treat...
Honey amber in color...a hefty dose of white head and attractive lacing as it recedes.
Subdued in the aroma, some sweet caramel malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste is one of the best I've ever savored...sickly balanced with sweet malt and a hoppiness that you would typically find in most IPA's. As true to the style, the bitterness takes a back seat to the malty sweetness...citrus (mainly oranges), honey, and subtle spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel was full bodied...thick without getting syrupy.
Carbonation was just right and the drinkability was thru the roof.
Easily, one of the most impressive limited offerings I've had recently...certainly not your "typical" winter warmer, but was perfect for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 02:06:07 | More by warriorsoul
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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle in to a pint glass. Body is a bright golden hue with a huge, sligthtly creamy, stark white head that leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and sweet pale malt, with a nice whiff of alcohol thrown in for good measure. Palate is nicely balaced between pale malt and piney hops, with light fruity notes lingering in the background and a touch of mustiness from the yeast. Finish is nice and clean, with just a little bit of warming from the alcohol. Body is smooth and just a tad sticky, a very good consistency for this type of ale. I think I'm going to be drinking a lot of this until it goes away for the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 07:13:12 | More by ElGordo
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4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to skyhand for sending me this wonderful brew.
The review will be a bit skewed because I'm just getting over a cold and was going to pass on reviewing it, but since it is most likely the only one I will ever drink and since it is EXCELLENT, I have to say something.
Pours a light golden crystal clear yellow with a massive white head that lasts, lasts, lasts, and lasts leaving a sticky thick lacing all over the glass as you drink.
Aromas (forgive my cold) are primarily warm with soft hints of winter spices.
Taste is sweet light malt followed with a wonderful complex mixture of citrus and piney hops. Mouthfeel is tingly from the carbonation and hops and thick and slick from the sweet malt.
Aftertaste is primarily the citrus peel hops with a nice drying.
This is a beautiful beer...a wonderful beer...and more a winter IPA than a winter warmer and I love it for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 03:00:21 | More by IntriqKen
BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.